Support to Thrive

  • Overview

    We help people find their own way to thrive, financially and beyond.

    Thriving is not just a matter of money.  Our coaches know how to help individuals and families design the lives they want.  

    • Career Exploration and Planning
    • Housing Navigation 
    • Medicare Advising
    • CalFresh Application Assistance
    • Small Business Advising   

    With participation in our coaching program, we’re in your corner to help you define your own version of success and transform your life. 

    The encouraging staff were always excited to help me.  They consistently made me believe in myself and the fact that my goals were totally doable. I found the Career Coach very helpful as I was reaching for my dreams.

    Dalia > Financial and Credit Coaching Services

    Success Story

    Maria needed to increase her income to obtain housing.  With the help of our career coach, she signed up for a culinary training program so she could do some catering to increase her income. She struggled to attend regularly but did graduate! Maria used our food pantry to make ends meet. 

    She appreciated everything that Community Action Marin had done for her so she took and passed the VITA Volunteer tax training and helped out with our tax site. 

    Our financial, housing and credit coaches assisted Maria in applying for low income senior and subsidized housing units but she kept being turned down.  We then helped her appeal one of the housing denials and referred her to Legal Aid, as well as the Marin Housing Authority and Marin Center for Independent Living.  Maria finally got approved for Section 8 housing, and after months of struggles and many meetings with lawyers and multiple applications, she found permanent housing. 

  • Program Details

    Our team of staff and skilled volunteers brings special expertise in career exploration, job training programs, affordable housing, and public benefits.  We also enlist partners like CareerPoint Marin and the State of California’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) to bring their services to our members.

    Career Coaching

    Finding a new job or career path is a daunting task. It really helps to have someone in your corner. During one-on-one sessions, our experienced coaches provide invaluable help for members to plan for a job change, enroll in needed training, develop resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, secure interview-appropriate clothing, search for job openings that match their skill sets and interest, and submit job applications.

    Housing Navigation

    Low-cost housing is extremely difficult to secure in Marin. Our seasoned Housing Navigator helps members uncover timely information on shared housing options, Section 8 housing vouchers, and subsidized housing. Members get high-touch personal assistance with their housing search; best practices on how to present oneself to a landlord and how to be a good tenant; help developing housing resumes and letters of reference; and external referrals to our network of trusted landlords and housing programs. 

    Cal Fresh Assistance

    CalFresh, federally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, supports the food needs of low-income households by providing a free food debit card. Individuals receive a monthly food subsidy on their debit card and can use it to purchase groceries from participating grocery stores and farmer’s markets. They can also purchase seeds and plants that produce food. Our coaches and Client Intake Specialists screen individuals to determine if they are likely eligible for this program and provide assistance with onsite application, document submission, and renewal.  

    Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

    Medicare is both essential and overwhelming for many. We host appointments with the State of California's Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) in our offices once a month, to give Marin residents an expert guide to accessing Medicare benefits. Through free one-on-one advising, an unbiased HICAP counselor helps people understand the details of Medicare, assists them in making important choices, and even advocates to ensure people access all benefits for which they are eligible. Appointments are available on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 10:00am---1:00pm. Call (800) 434-0222 to reserve an appointment.

    Small Business Development Advising

    Small business are the lifeblood of Marin, and for many people, the only way to create a livelihood that works for their circumstances, but it's not always easy to make a small business succeed. Marin residents who have an existing business they'd like to strengthen or expand, or a hobby they want to grow into a business, or are just curious about working for themselves, are encouraged to visit our Small Business Advisor during drop-in hours.  In partnership with Marin Small Business Development Center, we offer free business advising for future and current small business owners on the 4th Thursday of each month from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. This is a drop-in service and does not require one to schedule an appointment in advance. Come on in!

  • Locations
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    Community Action Marin Home Office

    555 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA, USA

    SparkPoint Center College of Marin

    • Economic Opportunity Programs

    835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA, USA

    Sparkpoint Center C.O.M. Indian Valley Campus

    • Economic Opportunity Programs

    1800 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato, CA, USA

  • FAQ

    When can I apply?

    All Support to Thrive services require prior SparkPoint coaching membership with the exception of HICAP Medicare counseling and CalFresh.  

    For Career Coaching, Housing Navigation, and Small Business Development Advising, please call our Front Desk at (415) 526-7500 and register for a New Member Orientation in Spanish or English.  They will help you find a daytime or evening date that works for your schedule to begin working with us.  Once you become a member and begin working with your coach, you will have access to these services. 

    For CalFresh Application Assistance, please call, email, or stop by our Front Desk at 555 Northgate Drive, Suite 201, San Rafael to request an initial screening and appointment with a Client Intake Specialist.

    For Small Business Development Advising, please drop-in during our open office hours every 4th Thursday of the month between 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The doors close at 5:00 sharp so we recommend you arrive by 4:30pm at the latest. 

    How do I qualify?

    Membership requires a minimum 6-month commitment and the ability to show up to in-person or phone appointments on time.  There are no other eligibility criteria.

    CalFresh has specific federal and state-mandated eligibility criteria, and our Client Intake Specialists will help you determine if you are likely eligible by asking you a few simple questions.  

    Anyone is welcome to access Small Business Development Advising as long as they have a specific idea about the type of business they would like to create or already have a business.

    Do you offer services in any other language?

    Yes!  Our team provides services in Spanish and French, as well as English.  Not all team members are bilingual, so please check-in with our Client Intake Specialists to find out which services are offered in other languages.  For an appointment, contact our Front Desk at (415) 526-7500 or apply online.

    Do you offer these services in any other location?

    Yes, our team provides financial coaching and CalFresh application assistance at both College of Marin campuses for students and staff. You can find details about our presence on each campus below. 

    • Tuesdays & Wednsdays – Kentfield Campus 

    LRC SAS Office, Room 40V 

    • Thursdays – Indian Valley Campus 
    • Building 27, Room 120 

     

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